Situated 51 miles to the south-west of Barcelona, Tarragona is a historic city famous for its rich Roman history, architecture, and beaches. The Archaeological Ensemble of Tarraco has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The Tarragona Amphitheatre was built in the 2nd century AD during the reign of Emperor Augustus and was used for gladiatorial contests and other public spectacles. It could accommodate around 15,000 spectators.
Construction of the Tarragona Cathedral began in the 12th century on the site of a former Roman temple. The building went through several architectural styles, resulting in a unique blend of Gothic and Romanesque influences. The construction of the cathedral was completed in the 14th century.
The Roman Aqueduct
Known as “Les Ferreres Aqueduct” or “Pont del Diable” (Devil’s Bridge) is located just outside the city.
Built in approximately 30 BC, the Colonial Forum was the center of social and political life in Tarraco. Ruins of the basilica remain, a building with three naves that held the court of justice and was sometimes used for meetings of the city council.
Playa del Milagro and Playa de la Arrabassada are among the popular beaches of Tarragona.
Plaça del Fòrum
Regional specialties include seafood paella, xató, fideuà, and zarzuela.
The Tarragona International Dixieland Festival takes place in April.
Tarraco Viva is a historical reenactment festival that highlights the Roman heritage of Tarragona. It usually takes place in May.
The Santa Tecla Festival is held annually in September.